Pierce will play Antoine Batiste, an accomplished jazz trombonist who is now scratching for gigs, trying to support a live-in girlfriend and a new baby, while still carrying a torch for a failed marriage to Ladonna Batiste (Alexander), the mother of his two children, who is single-handedly keeping her bar afloat. Peters will play Albert Lambreaux, a big chief of the White Feather Nation trying to bring the tribe's members home.Read all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.
Aug. 7, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST
i get to watch the struggles... of struggling people... struggling... pass.
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST
I'm just glad their not playing cops. Simon will find a way to make it interesting, he always does.
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST
Generation Kill is great shit. Homicide was fantastic shit. The Wire was the best shit ever. <p> Simon is the shit.
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST
Yup those struggling Barksdales and Omar and Marlo weren't exactly gripping and as for those struggling recon marines ? Where's the drama in that ?<p> <p>(right about here is where I need the rolleyes emoticon)<p> <p>Generation Kill is must see TV. The Wire is simply unmatched. And Homicide was a great show. As has already been said.<p> <p>So I'd say the omens for TREME are rather good myself.
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST
Awesome news, I had a feeling we would see some familiar faces in the new series. Lets hope it is as greatas The Wire.
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST
by Amadeo Zeller
give a fuck. Now what would be nice if Simon and crew would consider doing a Movie based on some of the surviving characters of The Wire - That would be NIRVANA!
Aug. 7, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST
by Det. John Kimble
Now what about Stringer?
Aug. 7, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST
Although I'd watch a Simon show about mimes.
Aug. 7, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST
"I made him walk like that."
Aug. 7, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST
I sort of figured they would put the guy who plays Bunk in this because he is from New Orleans. This looks to be great.
Aug. 7, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST
so he's not going to be watching.
Aug. 7, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST
Detective: I got laid last night. Bunk: Oh yeah? Your asshole still hurt?
Aug. 7, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST
Now where the fuck is the Preacher series you promised?
Aug. 7, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST
The Wire came along - and BLEW ME AWAY! So it's a fairly safe bet that I will at least check this out - tho it doesn't look like much in broad terms (just like The Wire)
Aug. 7, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST
Aug. 7, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST
...giving a fuck when it ain't your turn to give a fuck." Ah, I'd watch Bunk in anything. Not sure what Lester's part is all about but I'm sure it'll be good.
Aug. 7, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST
the Emmy's. Isn't it amazing that it was just passed over by the Emmy's ....AGAIN! Just amazing. So I guess Mad White Men on AMC is "the best show on TV". What a joke
Aug. 7, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
The WIRE folks did a Katrina benefit at SONAR in Baltimore a few years ago. My friends The subdudes played, along with The Nevillle Bros. and maybe even The Radiators...but I may be mistaken on that. Point is, Simon & Co. have always given a damn about New Orleans and to hear that this is their next project sends chills up my spine. I hope that maybe they can work the 'dudes into a scene somewhere/sometime. <p> Edward J. Tillman Lacrosse...REPRESENT! <p> And to think I shit myself when I saw him in "Ray" when I (finally) saw it a few months back. OH BOY IS THIS GREAT?!!?
Aug. 7, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST
Aug. 7, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST
Mad Men IS the best show on television.
Aug. 7, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST
One of the msot enjoyable transformations I've seen is Lester, moving from being stuck in a garbage unit, to stoicly impressing everyone, and then leading entire investigations, just because he's so reinvigorated about being police. Pryzbaluski's transformation is also just as good.
Aug. 7, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST
by Amadeo Zeller
GTFOH! Shawn Ryan best days was his two seasons with Angel. The Shield (artistic-wise) is sporadic at best, and The Unit is a glorified soap opera...Now The Wire is/was pure ART! RECOGNIZE!
Aug. 7, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST
_mad men_ is HUGELY overrated! didn't you sad motherfuckers ever watch _man in a grey flannel suit_? _peyton place_? oh, the struggle of bourgeois roles being sloghed off, and gender roles being reinforced over drinks, smokes and wry asides!! please fuck it, them...<p> _the mf wire_, on the other hand...love both these actors AND khandi a. for their work with simon past and, i'll bet, future. k.a. was so raw and incredible on _the corner_, i was sorry to see her wasting her talents on blacklit crime scene investigations. show us what you've got, khandi!<P> i confidently predict past as prologue, viz. brilliance outshining everything else on television anywhere (including your precious basic cable, Ashok0)and zero emmys...
Aug. 7, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST
by The Boz
Lester Freeman as an Indian? Am I reading that wrong in the article? Paint me ignorant.
Aug. 7, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST
If I could understand a word of your incoherent post I might respond.
Aug. 7, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST
Loving the sound of this.<br>
Aug. 7, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST
That this is great news. I've just finished re-watching Season 5 (I've got a great video store here that doesn't give a shit about street date; if they have it in stock, they sell it), and I'm about 2/3 of the way through reading The Corner for the first time, and I'd say that at this point, anything David Simon does will get my attention. And to those out there who are saying that HBO is over and done with, I'd just like to respond that they gave a full 5 seasons to The Wire despite it never being a ratings juggernaut, they greenlit Generation Kill despite (again) The Wire not being a ratings juggernaut, and they're now giving it up for this pilot. I enjoy me some Dexter (although after watching The Wire, the "cop show" parts of Dexter are nearly unwatchable), and I can get behind Weeds (mainly because Kevin Nealon is funny as shit), but - let's be honest. Showtime is not, and never has been, up to the standards set by HBO. I couldn't say specifically why, but to me it feels like Showtime is chasing credibility and a reputation, whereas HBO is only chasing quality work... Anyway, enough of my rambling, I just wanted to say that this is, indeed, good news.
Aug. 7, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST
I will never ever forgive HBO for cancelling Deadwood. Ever.
Aug. 7, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST
I'll fully agree that they're at a lull at the moment, but - doesn't the fact that they have a sort of stable of talent that keeps on returning (Ball, Simon, etc.) speak to the fact that this might be more of a temporary lull as opposed to a permanent thing? I suppose it's a personal preference thing, but of the shows you listed out, only Mad Men has come close to engaging me in the way that several of the HBO shows you mentioned did. Not to say that HBO is great right now; I just don't think anyone else is as good as HBO once was, either. I hear what you're saying, though.
Aug. 7, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST
I, too, greatly lament the loss of Deadwood, but - I honestly don't think we'll ever know (or at least not for a long, long time) where the blame lies for the demise of that show - with Milch or with HBO or some combination of the two. Personally, my thoughts run to the fact that if HBO had pulled the plug, you'd think that Milch would've been relatively pissed, and that he wouldn't have been willing to work with them for John from Cincinnati. He did, though, and it leads me to think that the dissolution of Deadwood had more to do with him wanting to do something different than with anything else. Either way, though, I agree - I miss Deadwood like hell. That show - like The Wire - was really ABOUT something, not just a character study (although the character arcs for MANY of the people on Deadwood were great). I sometimes view Deadwood and The Wire as almost mirror image shows; one about what it takes to create "society" or "civilization" out of lawlessness, and the other about how the created "society" is an imperfect tool that doesn't meet the needs of all of it's citizens, and how it's failing us. Both great, great shows.
Aug. 7, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST
Two of my favorite actors from The Wire... re-teaming with the creator of that show. Sweet! Anyone who has watched Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke knows that Pierce is from New Orleans. This will be a labor of love for him. Can't wait to see this show.
Aug. 7, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST
A show called Frank's Place, set in New Orleans with Tim "Venus Flytrap" Reid and an all-black cast, in the late 80s/early 90s. Maybe got a few Emmys, but was a vastly superior show to boring whitebread shit like Murphy Brown. // Also, when it said Lester's playing an Indian, it could be one of the tribes that dresses up like indians for Mardi Gras, like the Wild Tchoupolitas (sp).
Aug. 7, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST
Man, that was painful.
Aug. 7, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST
Haven't seen the True Blood pilot, so can't comment, but - Preacher helmed by "Daredevil/Ghost Rider" dude should just be left well enough alone. If they can do it RIGHT, then great, but - not like that. And - better than The Sopranos? Maybe, but although I liked The Sopranos, I always thought it was a bit overrated. Better than Deadwood or The Wire? In my opinion? No sir.
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST
The Wire Carnivale
Aug. 7, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST
By choice, I say!
Aug. 7, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST
Already beat you twats too it. Sheeeeeeeeeeeet...
Aug. 7, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST
cuz simon has been smart, and kept down the amount of minority faces...watch the nola show get ignored by the emmys, as it will have a large black cast....you guys know this to be true
Aug. 7, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST
Started by Max "The Mack" Julien in "The Savage Seven".
Aug. 7, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST
needs more edit button
Aug. 7, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST
Generation Kill is based on an embedded journalists true account. Is Simon supposed to use black actors for actual white people?
Aug. 7, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST
It's not out of the realm of possibility that a black actor could be playing a native american. hell there's strong evidence that free Africans were visting and interbreeding with native americans before Europeans even arrived.
Aug. 7, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST
Ironically, I just finished a two month marathon of the first four seasons of "The Wire" on my Netflix account <p> I also just finished "The Corner" yesterday, which I got to satiate my "The Wire" jones until season five of "The Wire" comes out. In my opinion "The Wire" is vastly superior to the "The Corner". However, "The Corner" won three Emmys out of the four for which it was nominated. <p> I think Hollwood's racism is more subtle than just dissing an "all black cast" Hollywood doesn't mind an all black cast. What Hollywood doesn't like is black people being portrayed as competent and intelligent. Hollywood loved "The Corner" because 99% of the characters were fuck-ups, drug dealers and junkies. In "The Wire" it did not matter if the character was a cop, a criminal, a politician or a junkie the black person was usually the smartest person in the room. Hollywood wants the white audience to see 99% of all minorities as fuck-ups. <p> This isn't exactly an original idea. Simon himself has pretty much said the same thing. <p> The interesting thing about "The Corner" is that it has almost the same cast as "The Wire" except that all the actors that play cops on "The Wire" play dealers or junkies in "The Corner". Which makes it like watching the Mirror Universe version of "The Wire". <p> An additional bonus of "The Corner" is that the wardrobe person seemed to have a thing against bras. Almost none of the ladies in the cast wear them. It is very cold in Baltimore.
Aug. 7, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST
And I doubt he's a Mardi Gras Indian, but I would definitely LOL if he was.
Aug. 7, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST
I really want to see Simon command NEW actors. I feel funny saying it, but I'm sick of the Wire dudes. I've watch the Wire episodes over and over and over. Generation Kill having a whole new stable of actors is super-fresh. It's amazing to watch what the noobs do with Simon and Burns' words and sensibilities. I'll definitely watch Treme. I don't imagine they'll run that more than two or three seasons anyhow and then Simon can do something else that'll blow our minds. I want to see Simon do some really damatic stuff with females leads. That'd be a welcome twist.
Aug. 7, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST
I stopped into Wendy's to pick up a burger and as I'm about to order... a black dude walks up and says to the clerk "this isn't the chicken sandwich I ordered." The kid behind the counter says "Oh, sorry about that." and goes to get the right sandwich. The dude stands next to me and I get a good look at him and I think to myself "this dude looks just like Omar from the Wire." It struck me when I saw his eyes that it was definitely Michael Kenneth Williams. He went to sit down and I ordered my food. As I was leaving I stopped over and asked, just in case, "are you an actor?" and he was like "yes." He seemed shy and I went on and gushed like a fanboy. I told him that The Wire is the best television show ever made (it's the truth), I told him that I loved his work and the character he played, Omar Little, is one my favorite characters on ANY tv show EVER (again, the truth). He said "thank you, thank you." I was so nervous. After a minute of chatting I left. I'm not the celeb-crazy type at all, but I was really giddy over meeting him. What are the effin chances!? THE LEGENDARY OMAR eating at WENDY'S in TOMS RIVER, NJ!!!
Aug. 8, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST
Maybe my favorite episode. That being said, and how much I loved Studio 60 and Sorkin in general, it obviously didn't hit the levels that The Wire did.
Aug. 8, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST
is when there's a scene in a gay bar on The Wire, and as the camera pans through the place, we only see a GLIMPSE of Rawls, who doesn't even say anything. Knowing that he's gay, completely changes his entire character. And it's so refreshing to see character revealed cleverly and organically, as opposed to some hypothetical bookended conversation/scene where McNulty accidentally walks in on Rawls getting a blow job from a guy or something.
Aug. 8, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST
Due to my love of Simon. Rather than just blind buying it though, I thought I would try watching an episode first. The only one streaming online was a random episode from season 6. Ironically this seemed to be an episode where a major character is killed in the teaser. It looked fucking amazing, and I'm sure it's incredible, I just think it's funny the oen random episode I saw was probably pretty important and a bad one to stumble upon.
Aug. 8, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST
I jumped up and let out a hoot at that reveal. It was hilarious.
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST
The ONLY way Mad Men could possibly be the best show on t.v. is because The Wire is no longer on. The ONLY way!
Aug. 9, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST
Oy. If Simon feels that awards are distortive to the work he does-and all the derision of Pulitzer-chasing in season five of THE WIRE seems to suggest he does-then perhaps he ought not to keep submitting his work for them. Otherwise, he risks the appearance of engaging in entitled whining about not getting the recognition he feels is due him.
Aug. 9, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST
Battlestar hasn't finished it's run yet. The Wire - one of the best shows in the history of TV. Boom! Bitches